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Fri April 8, 2005
Wind River Lawsuit Challenged
Laramie, Wy – The Bush administration has asked the U-S
Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that favored the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The case is about a dispute over management of money from mineral development.
The lower court ruled the federal government mismanaged money held in trust for the tribes as a result of energy development on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The U-S Department of Justice claims that last year's ruling by a federal appeals court -- in favor of the tribes -- was flawed and will result in an increase in the quantity and complexity of Indian trust litigation.
Some portions of the case, which began in 1979, have already been settled.
Last June, officials announced that members of the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes would receive 12-million dollars due to underpaid mineral royalties between 1973 and 2000.